Farmer Defrauded of N$650 000

A KARASBURG resident briefly appeared in the Keetmanshoop Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged with fraud, extortion and impersonation.

The fraud involves N$650 000 that was extorted from a commercial farmer.

Raymond Petrus Swartbooi (44) was not asked to plead and his case was postponed for further police investigations, and to allow him to obtain legal representation.

Prosecutor Abel Manyando opposed bail, arguing that the suspect might interfere with the ongoing investigation, and cited the serious nature of the offence and the amount of money involved.

It is alleged that Swartbooi and two other suspects, who are still at large, impersonated police officers, extorted money from the farmer with threats of arrest on alleged “illegal diamond transactions”. if he failed to pay.

The farmer delivered the money at a location near Keetmanshoop to a third person who was allegedly delegated by Swartbooi.

When the suspects allegedly demanded more money, the farmer lodged a complaint with the police.

Over the past weekend police set a trap and arrested a person who claimed to have been sent by Swartbooi to collect the money.

Swartbooi’s arrest followed after the person, together with the police, had set a trap.

Source : The Namibian